Randy Goebel

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Computer Science - Data Structures and Algorithms (3)
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We investigate a single machine rescheduling problem that arises from an unexpected machine unavailability, after the given set of jobs has already been scheduled to minimize the total weighted completion time. Such a disruption is represented as an unavailable time interval and is revealed to the production planner before any job is processed; the production planner wishes to reschedule the jobs to minimize the alteration to the originally planned schedule, which is measured as the maximum time deviation between the original and the new schedules for all the jobs. The objective function in this rescheduling problem is to minimize the sum of the total weighted completion time and the weighted maximum time deviation, under the constraint that the maximum time deviation is bounded above by a given value. Read More

We investigate the maximum happy vertices (MHV) problem and its complement, the minimum unhappy vertices (MUHV) problem. We first show that the MHV and MUHV problems are a special case of the supermodular and submodular multi-labeling (Sup-ML and Sub-ML) problems, respectively, by re-writing the objective functions as set functions. The convex relaxation on the Lov\'{a}sz extension, originally presented for the submodular multi-partitioning (Sub-MP) problem, can be extended for the Sub-ML problem, thereby proving that the Sub-ML (Sup-ML, respectively) can be approximated within a factor of $2 - \frac{2}{k}$ ($\frac{2}{k}$, respectively). Read More

The general Bandpass-$B$ problem is NP-hard and can be approximated by a reduction into the weighted $B$-set packing problem, with a worst case performance ratio of $O(B^2)$. When $B = 2$, a maximum weight matching gives a 2-approximation to the problem. In this paper, we call the Bandpass-2 problem simply the Bandpass problem. Read More

We propose an abductive diagnosis theory that integrates probabilistic, causal and taxonomic knowledge. Probabilistic knowledge allows us to select the most likely explanation; causal knowledge allows us to make reasonable independence assumptions; taxonomic knowledge allows causation to be modeled at different levels of detail, and allows observations be described in different levels of precision. Unlike most other approaches where a causal explanation is a hypothesis that one or more causative events occurred, we define an explanation of a set of observations to be an occurrence of a chain of causation events. Read More